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Ron Rivera wants both Ereck Flowers, Brandon Scherff back with Redskins

Ron Rivera wants both Ereck Flowers, Brandon Scherff back with Redskins

Ask anybody walking around Dupont Circle or the Navy Yard, and it's obvious the Redskins need help at tight end and cornerback. That's clear even to the most casual fan.

On the offensive line, however, the Redskins are in real flux. Trent Williams held out all of last season and is in the process of negotiating a trade out of town, not to mention both starting guards in Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers could become free agents in nine days. 

Redskins head coach Ron Rivera doesn't want to hear that. 

"We’re going to try to bring both guards back,” Rivera said to Larry Michael on Redskins Nation.

Rivera's comments came during an interview in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine, and they provide important insight into the Redskins strategy this offseason, but signing Scherff and Flowers won't be cheap.

Plenty of reports have suggested Washington will use a franchise tag on Scherff if the team is unable to get a long-term deal done before free agency opens. Should Washington deploy the tag sources told NBC Sports Washington to expect a multi-year deal to get done because Scherff would prefer not to play on a one-year deal. 

Scherff's deal will likely be framed by the franchise tag price for offensive linemen, which means an annual salary of $16 million. That's high, but he's quite good. He's also dealt with injuries in the last three seasons. Still, he seems like a high priority for Rivera in his first year on the job. 

Trying to determine what Flowers' deal will look like is much harder to figure.

His first four years in the NFL, Flowers played tackle and largely struggled. When he signed in Washington last year, he moved to guard, and it mostly went well. The former Giants first-round pick played every snap for the Redskins offense in 2019, the only linemen to do so.

Flowers made $3.25 million last season on a one-year deal, and it seems reasonable to think he's at least looking for double that in 2020 on a multi-year contract. Maybe more. In fact, probably more. 

Conservatively, to sign both Scherff and Flowers could cost the Redskins $23 million just for 2020 annual salaries, and that's not taking into account signing bonuses and other contractual incentives or machinations. On the high side, it could cost the Redskins north of $26 million to bring back Scherff and Flowers just for 2020.

For Rivera, it sounds like continuity on the offensive line is important even with high salaries.

“Once we get that situation figured out, we will have four of the five (starters) that we know what’s going to happen," he said. "Then again, the looming question will always be Trent."

While the Trent question looms, the Redskins could be actively trying to solve their guard situation. The team also drafted some depth last year with Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher, who can also play center. 

Rivera might want both guards back, but that doesn't mean it will happen. The costs will be high, and the competition could be fierce. That's life in the NFL. 

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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